In Brief: May 1, 2000

SLAMMERS SLAMMED The FCC is backing up its pledge to crack down on slamming, the illegal practice whereby phone companies switch your long-distance service without your say-so and then typically charge you 50% more. Two weeks ago, the agency moved to empower the states to enforce its strictures against the practice. Under FCC rules, if you haven't paid your slammer bill, you'll be absolved of the first 30 days of charges. If you have paid, the slammer must pay your regular carrier 150% of your charges. Then you'll get back half of what you paid.

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